Monthly Archives: January 2014

Motorcycle double back flip

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Nitro Circus Live

We gave our boys tickets to Nitro Circus Live for their Christmas experience. We headed up early to beat the traffic, which included an accident on the freeway that we avoided. We hit the Gateway food court for Panda Express and Subway before heading in to the Delta Center. Do do not recognize the new name of the facility.

Goofy smiles, but a sick mustache.

Our vantage point.
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We sat in the section next to this 50′ (3)

This shows how far they are jumping.
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We were witness to some incredible things.  Jolene Van Vugt is the only female member of Nitro Circus and she holds the Guiness world record for the first female to land a backflip on a motorcycle.  She landed it last night.  Travis Pastrana broke his leg, so we didn’t get to see him do any stunts.  He was the first to land a double backflip on a motorcycle, and there are only a few others in the world that can do it.  We saw it last night.  We saw a triple backflip on a BMX bike and a Razor scooter.  We saw three people do a backflip on one motorcycle.  The highlight was watching Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham do a front flip in his wheelchair.  He was born with spina bifida, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking life by the horns.  He bounced on the landing and crashed, but went right back up and stuck the landing the second time.  It was outrageous to see how close the motorcycles got to each other when they did the trains.

It was a fantastic experience, and we hope to see it again.

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20 years of riding

TrekI bought this Trek 850 mountain bike 20 years ago.  In the beginning I did a combination of road and off-road riding, so I was putting down miles.  I didn’t have a car, so I rode my bike to school.  I think I rode my bike every day that year.  When I moved to Utah I replaced the rigid fork with a Scott elastomer shock from BikeWorx in Orem.  I had problems with my headset, but the shock made a big difference on my first ride in Moab.  Then I replaced the Scott shock with  a Noleen Chubby LT, giving me almost 5″ of travel.  That made a huge difference on Porcupine Rim.  About 10 years ago I was able to pick up a Cannondale Gemini on Ebay for $1,600 off retail.  It was used and had some older parts on it, but I replaced those over the years.  Both bikes have served me well.

After 20 years of riding, I can’t imagine what would happen to my mental state if I wasn’t able to ride anymore.  Mountain biking is my favorite sport, and Utah is a great place to ride.  Hopefully I will have another 20 years of riding in my future.

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imageTonight I took the physical exam for Department of Corrections. I don’t think I broke a sweat, but the 1.5 mile run was outside and it was dark by then. After the physical requirements I took and passed the NPOST exam. I wasn’t too worried about it because it is basic reasoning and comprehension, and I comprehend basic reasoning. On to the drug test.

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